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The Saturday Evening Post - the most widely circulated weekly magazine in America in it's time

[image_frame style="framed_shadow" align="right" alt="The Saturday Evening Post" title="The Saturday Evening Post" height="280" width="210"]http://thebackissues.com/wp-content/gallery/magazines/saturday-evening-post.jpg[/image_frame]Saturday Evening Post back issues are collectors' items today, which speaks to the publication's vast influence on American society at large. The Saturday Evening Post was a magazine that was published every week in the United States from August 4, 1821 through February 8, 1969 and less frequently after that point. In its earliest years, the Saturday Evening post was a four page newspaper that tackled the political controversies of its era.

In the late 1830's, Post Editor George Rex Grahm redirected the paper's focus to commercial interests and moral issues. The Saturday Evening Post had a remarkable circulation of 90, 000 in 1855. By the late 1800's, the magazine entered a golden era under the direction of George Horace Lorimar, who was editor of the Post from 1899-1937.

George Horace Lorimar increased the Saturday Evening Post's circulation from two thousand to a figure in the millions by the end of his tenure. As editor, Lorimar made the magazine famous for its elaborate front covers and its original pieces of fiction, many of which were written by famous authors including Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, and many more. The most notable Saturday Evening Post covers in fact were illustrated by the now legendary Norman Rockwell, whose memorable paintings now grace many homes and businesses across the United States. The Post had its ups and downs throughout the years, as the onset of television in the fifties posed a challenge to all publications. It is still published six times a year today.

Given the ornate covers and elaborate content of the Saturday Evening Post that started to come about during the reign of editor George Horace Lorimar, many people look to collect back issues of the publication today. One magazine dealer in fact mentions that the issues of the Saturday Evening Post most in demand from collectors and which have the highest net worth are those spanning from the 1920's through the 1950's, when the magazine was known for its rich content and readers eagerly anticipated the next Norman Rockwell cover. Rockwell's covers graced the Saturday Evening Post from 1916 through 1963, and it is worth looking at some specific back issues from that time which have covers done by Rockwell.

Saturday Evening Post and Its World Famous Covers

Rockwell's famous Girl at Mirror cover from 1954 features a young girl sitting on a stool and wearing a white nightgown, holding a magazine with glamor girl Jane Russel's picture in it. The Marriage License from 1955 features an attractive young couple filling out their marriage license while a town clerk looks on. The Runaway is from 1958 and features a policeman and young boy sitting on stools in a local restaurant, talking to each other as a worker from the eatery looks on. Rockwell's covers were adored by the public, and they tended to be based on people he knew from everyday life. They contained pictures and images that most anyone could relate to; while they were at times panned by critics, everyday people loved them. Rockwell also painted many covers featuring political figures, and he worked on 317 Saturday Evening Post issues in total.

A discussion of the Saturday Evening Post back issues featuring Norman Rockwell's beloved covers would not be complete without a discussion of where they could be found. Internet auction sites and websites specializing in collectors items are among the resources that can be used to locate past copies of the Saturday Evening Post.

Collecting Saturday Evening Post Back Issues

On Internet auction sites, sellers can list their old magazines, and people can make bids higher or lower than the selling price. They are a fast and efficient way to locate some of the most desired back issues of the Saturday Evening Post, as millions of people around the world use them to buy and sell collectors' items.

Websites specializing in antiques, collector's items, and even magazines also exist where back issues of the Saturday Evening Post can be found. These specialty sites would most likely provide an even wider array of Saturday Evening Post back issues than the Internet auction sites given their specialties.

The Saturday Evening Post is a magazine that has its place in American history, and it flourished under the reign of editor George Horace Lorimar. Under Lorimar's tenure, the now famous Norman Rockwell created many a memorable cover. Back issues of the Saturday Evening Post containing Rockwell's covers as well as others are collected by people today, and Internet auction and collectors' websites are among the top places to find them.

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